For Stan Richards, sleeping on the job is a winning proposition.
The chief executive of the Richards Group, well-known for keeping a peaceable kingdom in the often stressed-out advertising world, has converted a little extra space at his agency into four nap rooms.
QUESTION: I've made it through the recession, including the workloads that go with downsizing, and now I'm thinking that I'd like to adjust my schedule to a 30-hour workweek to have more balance in my life. How can I persuade my boss that she should let me make this change?
QUESTION: One of my employees, "Katrina," has some performance issues which I am trying to resolve. However, some of her co-workers have apparently decided to collect their own "evidence" against her. They record Katrina's arrival and departure times, track how often she leaves her desk, and scrutinize her emails for grammatical errors.
QUESTION: We are a small office and employ mainly hourly people. We have told everyone that we don't want people working overtime because we cannot afford it. Our problem is that we have one employee who stays an extra half-hour here and there and winds up working more than 40 hours a week. Her hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. But she often stays until 5 p.m. We have other staff who are designated to work 9 to 5 so that the office can stay open.
Question: I'm trying to figure out the right balance for rules about using Facebook, etc., at work. I tend to see quite a lot of it going on, but on the other hand, people seem to be productive. What are your suggestions?
It's 7 p.m. and Todd Levine saunters out of his office, opens his car door, flips on his Bluetooth, and starts his nightly routine of sticking Post-It notes to his dashboard. As he heads north on the highway, one by one he peels off the Post-Its with phone numbers scribbled on them and makes the return calls.
Question: I work at a private firm that provides security guards. It has adopted a policy that states that "all new hires must be retired law enforcement." Does this reflect a discriminatory practice? With our economy struggling to get a foothold and widespread unemployment, is this the correct hiring practice to follow? If a person applies and is denied a job despite being licensed through the state as a security guard, does he or she have a case of discrimination?
QUESTION: My wife is a nanny who works for a married couple. She recently told me that the husband, who is a doctor, has been making sexually inappropriate remarks to her. I called the doctor's wife and told her about the situation, but nothing has changed.
When I had my first two kids a year apart, it became challenging to keep up with the deadlines and long hours that the news business required. After a few days of not seeing my little ones before they went to bed, I considered quitting. Instead, I asked my manager for a reduced schedule.
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